An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for March 2010

Kebabs Anyone?

I went to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival for the first time in the late 1960’s when we still lived in the Toronto area. Mennonite culture was predominant and remained so for many years. This year I noted a diversity of ethnic groups who were selling food and other items. Donar kebab is available at our local markets and it was also made fresh at the festival. I enjoyed roasted corn on the cob from a Caribbean vendor who also sold hot roasted sweet potatoes. There was so much more to eat than pancakes and maple syrup.

Written by Ruth

March 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

Maple Sap Collection

Farm lane near Elmira Ontario

There are many sugar bushes in the region and sap is collected at this time of year for maple syrup production. Sap buckets are on trees which line a farm lane on Township Road 27 near New Jerusalem Road.

Written by Ruth

March 30, 2010 at 12:10 am

The Princess Cinema

Inside the Princess Twin at 46 King Street North Waterloo

If there’s a movie that you really want to see, but it’s on limited release, chances are it will be playing at the Princess Cinema (or Princess Twin). The World’s Best Commercials 2009 are currently playing at the Princess on Princess Street, while at the Twin films The Ghost Writer and Cooking With Stella continue their run until April 1st. 

Written by thebecka

March 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

St. James Lutheran Church, Elmira

St. James Lutheran Church and the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival 2010

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was held yesterday and thousands of people enjoyed the annual event. Many volunteers work hard to make the biggest maple syrup festival in the world a success. St. James Lutheran Church served food and was open to those who wished to enter the building.

Written by Ruth

March 28, 2010 at 12:08 am

Doon Valley Golf Course

Doon Valley Golf Course is one of two courses operated by the City of Kitchener. Ten new holes are being constructed and the full 27 hole course will open on June 1, 2010. I wonder how soon golfers will be able to be out on local greens this year?

Written by Ruth

March 27, 2010 at 12:06 am

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The Pedestrian Bridge

If you go to Fountain Street, turn onto Morningside Drive, and drive all the way to the end of it, you’ll find the Pedestrian Bridge over the 401.

Written by thebecka

March 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

Kitchener Public Library

(the Pioneer Park KPL branch)

Information today is so accessible, thanks to the internet, one may think, “Why even bother going to the library, I can get look up anything I want on Wikipedia!”.  -_-

While it is true that you can look up anything online these days, the library is still one of my favorite places to go to pick up a book, graphic novel, or DVD. Dare I say it, but even with the option of looking up something online, I still like to check out the non-fiction section. The KPL is also a good place to find out what’s going on in the community.

So if you haven’t gone for awhile, why not take a look?

Written by thebecka

March 25, 2010 at 12:00 am